Definition of seek
1 : to resort to : go to
2a : to go in search of : look forb : to try to discover
3 : to ask for : request seeks advice
4 : to try to acquire or gain : aim at seek fame
5 : to make an attempt : try —used with to and an infinitive governments … seek to keep the bulk of their people contented — D. M. Potter
1 : to make a search or inquiry
2a : to be soughtb : to be lacking in critical judgment … they were sadly to seek — The Times Literary Supplement (London)
Examples of seek in a Sentence
The office is seeking a salesperson.
The prince is seeking a wife.
Snakes seek the sun to warm their bodies.
You should visit your doctor and seek his advice.
You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath.
The church is seeking donations.
He sought revenge for his son's murder.
During the war, she sought asylum in Spain.
They sought refuge in Canada.
The company is seeking new ways to improve service.
Recent Examples of seek from the Web
A push for direct negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea would represent a shift for China, which has long sought a seat at the table.
The FTC alleged DeVry misled potential students with claims that 90 percent of its graduates actively seeking employment landed jobs in their field within six months of completing their education.
But Foley had some recommendations for those seeking to avoid becoming victims of the break-ins, including by locking their cars and taking valuables out of the car when possible, especially during overnight hours.
UMW seeking artists and crafters The United Methodist Women of the the First United Methodist Church in LaPorte will host their fourth annual Arts and Crafts Show Sept. 30.
Elsewhere, a participatory defense program outside Philadelphia seeks to fill gaps in an overwhelmed legal system by training defendants’ family members to advocate for them in court.
Until then, patients can seek marijuana from other states where the drug is legal.
Seeking to boost production, companies send their workhorse strains to Zymergen.
Lauri Johnson, of Bel Air, and her sons, Brian, 20, and Tony, 6, were among the people who sought shelter under Waid's family tent.
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Origin and Etymology of seek
Middle English seken, from Old English sēcan; akin to Old High German suohhen to seek, Latin sagus prophetic, Greek hēgeisthai to lead
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SEEK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of seek for English Language Learners
: to search for (someone or something) : to try to find (someone or something)
: to ask for (help, advice, etc.)
: to try to get or achieve (something)
SEEK Defined for Kids
Definition of seek for Students
1 : to try to find seek help … foxes called to each other, seeking again their lifelong mates. — Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to try to win or get He sought revenge.
3 : to make an attempt Doctors are seeking to find a cure.
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